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Poster: kochman Date: Oct 21, 2008 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mp3 Conversion Question

OK, if anyone of you out there can tell me that you honestly hear the difference between a MP3 at 320kbps and a lossless file when you hear it, I will consider you to have dog ears... you can't. Simple.

That being said. You should not convert MP3 back into lossless, because it is lossy. One a FLAC goes to MP3, it has lost data (even if our ears can't pick up the difference) forever. So, if you take 1GB of a show, compress it into 300MB you can't hear the difference, but the 700MB you lost never come back. So, if you convert it back it is still a 300MB show. It is not only pointless, but it corrupts the lineage big time.

Lossless is purely for archival purposes. MP3 is for listening.

I am an MP3 guy, but I am glad the lossless guys are out there, fighting the good fight.